|By Jon Maib|
|Since the beginning of off-roading, Jeep drivers have been trying to find a successful way to fill their tires back up after airing down for better traction. In the old days, a GI could carry a good ole bike pump to get the job done. It stored easily in the Jeep, however, it took a lot of manual labor to fill a tire.
As time passed, Jeeps and their tires became larger and that handy bike pump quickly became a thing of the past. Jeepers demanded a better way to fill up their tires. The auto industry responded with the road side plugin air pump. While these took the manual work out of filling up tires, they took forever to get a tire filled up. You might as well grab a chair and a cold one because, you'd be there a while.
As the off-road industry began to build, its focus on the ability to air up tires grew as well. We began to see many different setups emerge, from a mountable air tanks filled with compressed air to the use of old A/C compressors mounted to your engine to provide air. The air tanks, while fast, only provide so much air and then the A/C compressors, while also quick, lent themselves to their own mechanical issues if not properly lubricated and maintained.
With the introduction of the Jeep JKU, this new breed of Jeeper needed something to tackle the task of airing up their tires after a day of wheelin. Several companies have compressors and tanks you can setup. Most are either concealed under the hood or mounted to wheel wells in strange fashions. But then, in steps the air horn giant, Kleinn Air Horns, to rescue the JKU crowds with their new, fully intergraded, bolt on Jeep JKU Onboard Air kit.
The Kleinn Onboard Air system for the JKU is a complete system that fits snuggly under your Jeep with an integrated skid plate to protect from rocks and other debris. It comes with the heavy duty, high volume 6450RCWP waterproof air compressor that won a best new product award at SEMA this year, a 2.8 gallon air tank that has the ability to inflate up to a 37" tire or support air lockers, air powered tools and comes with everything you need to install it. This kit has already won two global media awards as well.
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